Harvard Radcliffe Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration. We bring students, scholars, artists, and practitioners together to pursue curiosity-driven research, expand human understanding, and grapple with questions that demand insight from across disciplines.
The Institute is unique among Harvard schools: Although we do not award degrees, we offer unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Harvard Radcliffe Institute provides learning and research experiences that are difficult to find in a traditional classroom setting. Radcliffe students work directly with our fellows and faculty, providing unique opportunities for mentorship, and they work across departmental boundaries, connecting with peers across the University. Harvard Radcliffe Institute enriches the Harvard student experience by fostering interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focused on the most pressing issues of our time.
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Student Spotlight: Justis Gordon ’24
“There’s no other space on Harvard’s campus that is the same as the Emerging Leaders Program,” says Justis Gordon, a third year mentor. “There’s so much care. There’s so much passion within the community. And it’s so inspiring and enlightening.”
Join the Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a youth leadership development program partnering local high school sophomores with current Harvard undergraduates in a mentoring relationship. Together, mentees and mentors challenge limited conceptions of who can be a leader as they build critical skills to drive positive social change. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023–2024 academic year.More on the Emerging Leaders Program
Eva Frazier ’26Emerging Leaders Program mentor and intern with the Radcliffe Community Based Student Internship program
“Education is often used as a barrier in this country, instead of an expansive opportunity.”
Sophia Scott ’25 and Elyse Martin-Smith ’25Student contributors to In Their Own Voices exhibition
Scott and Martin-Smith reviewed and responded to materials from the exhibition.
Sonya Gupta AM ’24Radcliffe Engaged Student Grantee
Gupta and her cofounder created and taught a two-part workshop series, with the goal of equipping workshop participants with tools to help improve their communities.
Ryan Doan-Nguyen ’25Radcliffe research partner and research assistant for Queer Archives
“You’re walking through the shelves and something catches your eye that you weren’t even looking for. But it calls to you, and it ends up changing the arc of your life in ways you never would have expected.”
Sarah Yerima PhD ’26Research assistant for Gender, Race, and Law through the Archive
“There’s a feeling from being in the archive that I don’t think you can replicate online.”
Nicole Yapp JD ’23Research assistant for Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery initiative
Yapp worked on the Legacy of Leadership project, researching the stories of early Black graduates of Harvard and Radcliffe.
Liyanni Vazquez ’24Emerging Leaders Program mentor and intern with Old West Church through Radcliffe’s Community Based Student Internship program
“Nothing in the classroom compares to seeing how people want to create and are creating solutions to problems in real life.”
Alejandro Eduarte ’23Radcliffe Research Partner and researcher at the Schlesinger Library
“I got a sense of how much knowledge [Shere Hite] was constantly producing. ... I found a program from an opera that she attended that had notes scribbled on it about something that she wanted to do in her work. Her mind was embedded, physically, everywhere I was looking.”
Jonathan Zhang ’23Emerging Leaders Program mentor
“First and foremost, [ELP] is an opportunity for Harvard to branch out and think about its mission in the larger community that it serves.”
Navin Durbhakula ’25 and Camille Freedman ’25Interns with the Multidisciplinary Student Research Collaborative
Over the summer, Durbhakula and Freedman worked to create content for the Plant Futures accelerator workshop.
Kody Christiansen ’23Radcliffe Student Advisory Board member
“At HRI, students from different Harvard schools and across an array of disciplines work together to create meaningful initiatives that not only make the school but the world at large better.”
Fund Your Research or Project
The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023–2024 academic year.More on the Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program
Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships provide funding to Harvard undergraduates to do research in the Schlesinger Library’s collections. Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library is committed to supporting students to pursue their own research. We are currently accepting applications. All applications must be received by February 25, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.More on Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships
PhD candidates at all Harvard faculties who plan to finish writing their dissertation in the next academic year are invited to apply. Graduate student fellows participate in the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program by attending all weekly fellows’ talks and lunches and presenting their own work to fellows. The application for 2024–2025 is now closed. The 2025–2026 application will open on November 4, 2024.More on Graduate Student Fellowships
The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition (RIPAC) is opened to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a Harvard degree program. The student or design teams who submit the winning design proposal will receive an $8,000 honorarium and up to $10,000 in funding for the fabrication and installation of the work. We welcome proposals that connect the arts with the Institute’s focus areas in climate change; law, education, and justice; and legacies of slavery. Proposals that reflect Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, that center on women, gender, and society, or that draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections, are also of strong interest to the review committee. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year.More on RIPAC
Conduct Research with Faculty and Fellows
The Radcliffe Research Partnership (RRP) program matches Harvard College students with Radcliffe fellows in a research and mentorship program. Fellows act as mentors, while students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute’s rich intellectual life. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023–2024 academic year. We expect to begin posting projects for the 2024–2025 academic year in June 2024.More on Radcliffe Research Partnerships
The Multidisciplinary Student Research Collaborators (MSRC) program allows Harvard undergraduate and graduate students to work as researchers in support of Radcliffe’s private programs. MSRC students aid in the preparation of content in the lead-up to the private programs and/or contribute to the post-program publication and production of program projects and deliverables in whatever specific form(s) that entails. Applications for the 2023–2024 academic year are now open and are accepted on a rolling basis.More on MSRC
Explore Internships & Working Groups
Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Law, Education, and Justice (LEJ) working groups center dialogue and give students the opportunity to engage deeply and build community around important topics within LEJ. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year.More on Law, Education, and Justice Working Groups
The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships. The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities to students that have real-world impact, while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute. We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in October 2024.More on Community-Based Student Internships
Gain Leadership Experience and Training
Student Advisory Board (SAB) members shape student-related programs and experiences and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Through interdisciplinary and engaged work, SAB members collaborate with students across Harvard schools, departments, and classes to shape and share Radcliffe resources and opportunities with other Harvard students. The SAB is open to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022–2023 academic year.More on the Student Advisory Board
Being a part of Harvard Radcliffe Institute has been one of the defining moments in my Harvard journey. Being a part of the Student Advisory Board has provided me the opportunity to step outside my own box and helped me become a better leader in the process. When students from across multiple disciplines come together to share ideas over coffee and conversation, brilliant ideas are born.
Working at Radcliffe is a great way to build research skills and meaningful relationships. I think that's the most important part of this, building these relationships that hopefully you'll take with you even when you leave Harvard.
Harvard Radcliffe Institute has been a huge part of my College experience. I first started working there as a research assistant to a fellow who was studying NOW [the National Organization for Women]. Then I was on the student advisory board, and now I’m working with Emerging Leaders. It’s a wonderful way to work with the Institute outside the realm of research, and it feels really good to be giving back to the wider community.
I loved the idea that Harvard Radcliffe Institute—with its mission and legacy and the resources collected in the Schlesinger Library—was experimenting with new programs and trying to rethink how it can bridge different communities.
Find Student Employment at Radcliffe
Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s work spans all disciplines and professions. The Institute provides invaluable support to scholars and students pursuing pathbreaking research and creative projects, including Radcliffe fellows, participants in seminars and workshops, and those inspired by the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. Harvard Radcliffe Institute also offers a wide range of events and exhibitions, which are free and open to the public. These programs reflect our commitment to expanding access to the University and to supporting the robust exchange of ideas.More on Employment at Radcliffe
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News & Ideas
Breaking news: The Radcliffe Wave… is waving! New research released today in Nature confirms that this stellar nursery isn’t standing still. Here, a video explainer from the team that broke the discovery. Visit our Linktree to learn more from the research team, who guest on the newest episode of BornCurious!
Pat Parker (1944–1989) was an American activist, a prolific poet, and an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian rights. She’s revered for her poetry collections Child of Myself (1972) and Pit Stop (1973) and the phonograph album Where Would I Be Without You: The Poetry of Pat Parker & Judy Grahn (1976). Parker’s understanding and embodiment of Black feminism continues to influence scholars and creatives around the world. We’re honored to house her papers here at the Schlesinger Library, where we invite you to learn more about her life and work. Image 1: Pat Parker with Audre Lorde. Image 2: An archival document promoting an event with Pat Parker Image 3: A draft excerpt of one of Pat Parker’s poems in the 1973 volume Pit Stop Image 4: An annotated flyer promoting an evening of poetry with Parker sponsored by the CSULB University Women’s Center Image 5: Pat Parker speaks onstage at a protest against military intervention and attacks on Iranians in the United States Image 6: A draft of one of Parker’s poems in the 1973 volume Pit Stop
It’s Mardi Gras! Laissez les bon temps rouler. Kim Vaz-Deville, the 2023–2024 Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a professor of education at Xavier University of Louisiana, is a New Orleans native whose work centers on the African American Mardi Gras traditions of her home city. This year, she’s writing a book about African American maskers who adorn themselves with hand-sewn regalia showcasing themes of slavery, segregation, strategies of resistance, and the COVID crisis. Because Mardi Gras coincides with Black History Month this year, we spoke to Vaz-Deville for our podcast BornCurious. Here, listen to a preview of that episode, which will publish later this spring.